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Windows 7: How to browse Internet when can't open any web browser?

08 Feb 2011   #11
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

basically, you are using the old help viewer to read webpages, as the .chm help files are written in html, just like webpages.

the problem is starting up the viewer - it's hh.exe in the windows folder, but doesn't seem to want to start on its own - you need to open up a chm file to get the program running, then click on the question mark icon at top left, which has a 'jump to url' option. then type in the webpage you want - don't forget to include the http://.

i guess it's using the trident rendering engine from internet explorer, as fancy javascript etc all seems to work in the hh.exe.

anyway - download the attached zipped small chm file (from xp help), unzip it, right-click >> properties >> unblock (otherwise it won't open). double-click the file, then the help viewer should open up...

have fun!

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09 Feb 2011   #12

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
i'm not sure i understand your question correctly.

in order to browse the internet, you need a program that can load and display webpages. among many other things, this program also has to allow the user to click on links to go to another webpage. this type of program is called a browser.

so, no, you can't browse without a browser.

i am also interested to learn how you use notepad in xp to 'jump to url'? as far as i know notepad only reads and edits simple text files. sure it can edit html files, but it cannot display html content, images, links, it can't do javascript, it can't store favourites, it can't download stuff etc etc - it's not a browser.

Hi there

Not sure I understand the problem either but if you really want a very limited browser then linux has a TEXT browser called LYNX.

I don't think Windows has such a facility but you could use Linux on a Virtual Machine and then use LYNX.

Some sites might not render at all however because of all the extra bells and whistles some sites have added into their code.

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